Confections #44, 2007
from the series Confections
The Confections Series started as a response to turning 30. It was a celebration of birthdays, cake, color, pattern and obsessive absurdity. My original intent was to bake 30 birthday cakes for myself and photograph them. I didn't quite make it to 30 cakes in time for my first show. I ordered a cake decorating kit from Marthastewart.com and watched the instructional video that came with the package. I quickly discovered my cakes were never going to look like the ones in the video and the pamphlet, and I was free to make them as grotesque and amazing as possible - my little rebellion.
Do-it-yourself divas on television and in magazines live in a fantasy world where entertaining, cooking and decorating unite in a beautiful home, decorated seasonally, in order to entertain friends with gourmet meals and elaborately concocted desserts. This series of crazy confections and obsessive color and pattern is an intense desire for perfection and beauty, while embracing the absurdity of the results.